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  • Thayer spreads pro-life message one classroom at a time

    It all began with a movie. Linda Thayer -- a retired biology teacher, pro-life activist and public speaker -- can trace her pro-life stance to a single movie. "The year was 1968, and I was in college when a biology professor showed us the film, 'The First Days of Life,'" she recalled. "When I came out of that auditorium, I felt I had just seen a miracle."

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  • MCFL announces 2015 legislative agenda

    BOSTON -- As pro-life advocates prepared to march for life in Washington, D.C. Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCFL) geared up to advocate for life on Beacon Hill. MCFL introduced five pieces of legislation before the deadline for the 189th Session of the General Court of Massachusetts, Jan. 16, as part of the 2015-2016 legislative agenda posted to their website that day.

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  • Boston-area Sisters host prayer vigil for Human Trafficking Awareness Day

    BOSTON -- For the eighth consecutive year, local Catholic Sisters from the Boston Unit of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, representing 16 congregations in the Greater Boston Area, gathered with over 150 sisters, associates, and friends on Jan. 11, National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness, to pray for an end to human trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery.

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  • Assumptionists promote 'education in all its forms' in New England

    Ignorance of the faith -- indifference to it -- outright unbelief. The Church in a state of ruin. A century of violence and political turmoil. In the eyes of Father Emmanuel d'Alzon, this was the situation in France in the decades after the French Revolution. Yet in 1835 -- three years after the struggle and tragedy of the June Rebellion depicted in "Les Miserables" -- Father d'Alzon had an insight. "They say the world is evil," he wrote to a colleague. "No doubt, passion turns it away from what is good. But I believe most of all that the world is ignorant."

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Each year during the Christmas season, I celebrate a Mass for survivors of sexual abuse and their families. It is an important moment to bring people together and hopefully help them in their healing. Because it was held Saturday evening, we celebrated the Mass of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. We were so pleased that Deacon Paul Kline, who works closely with Vivian Soper in our Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach, invited the youth choir from St. Mary's in Foxborough to sing at the Mass. Their singing was just heavenly.

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  • Five ordained transitional deacons

    SOUTH END -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrated the Rite of Ordination to the Order of Deacon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Jan. 10, for five men on their journey toward the priesthood. Deacons Anthony Cusack, Andrea Filippucci, Christopher Lowe, Peter Stamm, and Sinisa Ubiparipovic, took the last major step toward service as priests with their ordination. The five men are set be ordained to the priesthood on May 23.

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  • 'Ordinary Time is anything but ordinary'

    The gifts are all unwrapped. The lights are all turned off. The tinsel and trappings are all put away. Another Christmas season is past. This coming Sunday, all around the world, the Church begins a new liturgical season -- Ordinary Time.

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  • Baker and Polito gather with faith leaders on eve of inauguration

    BOSTON -- Massachusetts' new Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito gathered in prayer with Boston-area faith leaders on the eve of their inauguration, as they joined an ecumenical and interfaith prayer service at Boston's Congregacion Leon de Juda (Congregation Lion of Juda), Jan. 7. It was the first time a majority Latino congregation hosted such an event for an incoming governor.

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  • Arrest made in Haverhill creche desecration

    HAVERHILL -- Police announced an arrest, Jan. 14, in the case of a creche desecrated at Sacred Hearts Parish in Haverhill on Christmas. Police said a 54-year-old homeless woman, Amarillis Cermeno, had demonstrated a type of obsession with religious issues in the past and was charged with stealing the statue of the Baby Jesus from the creche and replacing it with the head of a pig.

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  • Indecent exposure alleged at Catholic school

    The following statement was released by the Archdiocese of Boston Jan. 13. Within the past week the Archdiocese of Boston has learned of the potential indecent exposure by a worker at Immaculate Conception School in Revere during the course of using the boy's bathroom, which is intended for the exclusive use of the students. We have been informed of three potential incidents where this may have occurred during the course of the school day over the past month and one-half.

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  • Marist Missionary Sisters -- 'Ready to Go!'

    Members of all religious congregations are people who are consecrated to God through a life of prayer and service. Since the Second Vatican Council we are also more aware that every Christian is called to participate in the mission of Christ. What, then, is the distinctive characteristic of a "missionary" congregation?

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  • Cardinal celebrates milestones at Christmas visit to Regina Cleri

    WEST END -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley continued his annual tradition of making a Christmas season visit with the priests of Regina Cleri Jan. 8. The visit was made all the more special this year with the celebration of two important milestones: the facility's 50th year and the commemoration of the more than seven decades of priesthood of resident Msgr. Alfonso G. Palladino.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday (1/2), Mother Agnes Mary Donovan of the Sisters of Life came to visit me in her capacity as the head of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious. She was accompanied by our Delegate for Religious, Sister Marian Batho. She came to share with me her experience surrounding the results of the apostolic visitation of the women religious orders in the United States and also to share thoughts around her experience with the different Congregations in Rome. We're always very glad to see the Sisters of Life and we have great admiration for the fine work that they do. It is my hope that they will someday have a presence in Boston.

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  • The CatholicTV Network marks 60 years of TV Mass

    WATERTOWN -- When then Archbishop Richard J. Cushing celebrated Mass at the Catholic Television Center located at 25 Granby Street near Kenmore Square in Boston., Jan. 1, 1955, the broadcast may have been the first time the Catholic Mass reached the public via television airwaves and it also helped lay the groundwork for what is today The CatholicTV Network.

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  • Living the Gospel of Joy

    We are the Sisters of Divine Providence, an international community, founded in Germany in 1851. In 1876, six young Sisters traveled to North America to carry forth the mission of the Congregation and to spread its charism of Providence to the United States. We were received into the archdiocese of Boston under the auspices of Sacred Heart Schools in Kingston, by Archbishop Richard Cushing in 1957. "We are impelled by the Spirit of Jesus to commit ourselves to co-create a world of compassion, justice and peace. We are guided by the legacy of our founder and foundress, Wilhelm Emmanuel von Ketteler and Marie de la Roche."

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  • Pope Thanks Mothers for Metaphorical 'Martyrdom'

    Vatican City (ZENIT) -- “We are not often orphans … We are children,” Pope Francis exclaimed, reminding the faithful we have a mother in Mary, in the Church, and our own. The Holy Father made this powerful statement during today’s weekly general audience at the Paul VI Audience Hall, just one day after the Epiphany.

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  • Haverhill Catholics united after creche desecration

    HAVERHILL -- Even as parishioners at Sacred Hearts Parish in Haverhill sought answers as to why someone would desecrate their parish creche, they gathered to comfort one another with the presence and support of Bishop Robert F. Hennessey, their regional bishop and a resident of the town.

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  • January collection to benefit social service agencies

    BRAINTREE -- A January special collection will be taken up in parishes as a response to the vision of Pope Francis of a "Church which is poor and for the poor." The "Catholic Social Ministries Collection," will be taken Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 to support Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston, St. Mary's Wvvomen and Children's Center, Inc. in Dorchester, and St. Ann's Home and School in Methuen.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley influential in U.S. Cuba deal

    BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, OFM Cap. played a substantial role in recently-announced restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, according to local media. The Boston Globe reported Dec. 18 that outreach from Cambridge non-profit Beyond Conflict founder and chairman Tim Phillips to Cardinal O'Malley eventually brought the issue to the attention of the Vatican and Pope Francis himself.

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  • Secular Institutes -- the vocation of the 21st century

    Blessed Pope Paul VI, who saw consecrated seculars as "the advance wing of the Church," characterized members of secular institutes as "spiritual mountaineers." Members of secular institutes are "in the world and not of the world, but for the world." They live in whatever providential circumstances God gives them, but they wholly consecrate their lives to God through the evangelical counsels of poverty, obedience, and chastity. They are the newest vocation in the Catholic Church, and many say they are the vocation of the new millennium.

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